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Khoya Khoya Chand (2007)

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Circa 1960s Lucknow-based author Zafar Ali Naqvi, who has issues with his father and his four wives, including the 4th one who lusts after him, re-locates to Bombay, starts writing for ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shiney Ahuja ...
Zafar Ali Naqvi
Soha Ali Khan ...
Rajat Kapoor ...
Prem Kumar
Vinay Pathak ...
Shyamol Mukherjee
Producer Khosa
Sonya Jehan ...
Sushmita Mukherjee ...
Ashish Ghosh ...
Noni Ganguly
Haidar Ali ...
Michael (as Hyder Ali)
Alka Pradhan ...
Nikhat's mother
Pradeep Kharab ...
Yusuf Hussain ...
Zafar's father
Dipannita Sharma ...
Nitin Murudkar ...
Nikhat's father
Keerti Kapoor ...
Zafar's mother


Circa 1960s Lucknow-based author Zafar Ali Naqvi, who has issues with his father and his four wives, including the 4th one who lusts after him, re-locates to Bombay, starts writing for movies, and falls in love with starlet Nikhat Sheikh. Both decide to get married but cancel the plans at the last minute after she finds out that her mother and her live-in boyfriend, Michael, have gambled all her savings. Zafar leaves, leaving Nikhat on a bumpy road to self-destruction. Written by rAjOo (

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Sudhir Mishra said in an interview on Zee TV that this film is based on his experience and is a tribute to the film industry and everyone who existed during the 1950s. See more »


References Yahudi (1958) See more »


Yeh Nigahein
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Antara Choudhary
Courtesy of Big Music
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Kahani Kho Gayi
3 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Expectations that were never met - that is the sad story of Khoya Khoya Chand. Who would think that the man who gave us the mesmerizing Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi would now try to foist this film on us? This is a story of a greedy grabbing star actor, Rajat Kapoor, playing yet again an oily villainous type, the vulnerable and abused actress, Soha Ali Khan playing Nikhat, the dreamy idealistic poet, Shiny Ahuja playing the novelist/script writer. There are casting couches, there is crude (sorry, blunt) language, there is simulated sex with lots of oohing and aahing while clothes do not come off, and there are interminable scenes of films being shot. But somewhere along the line the filmmakers lose the plot and forget that in this collage of events they are also obligated to have a thread of a story. There is the thinnest of tales and unengaging at that.

The movie is visually stunning, an excellent period piece, also interesting for how it hints at real life stories like Guru Dutt and Waheeda and those countless women who were sent to earn a living in the biz at a very young age. The direction is sub-par, in the multitude of bodies milling about the key elements are never really isolated well enough, and the leads are quite wooden most of the time. Rajat Kapoor is great, as is Vinay Pathak. Sonia is quite good too. But Soha and Shiny disappoint hugely. In the hands of a more experienced pair of actors this could have risen to greater heights. As is, this is no Kagaz Ke Phool, but rather Kahan Hai Phool.

The music is mediocre (except the title number) and the sound is one of the most annoying parts of the film. The director wanted realism in the form of the hustle and bustle of a real set, but what we get is a background of cacophony in every scene, so much so that it is hard to hear what is going on. The story moves in fits and starts. The leading lady suddenly develops a hole in her heart, and the director has to go on blogs to tell us that the final shot is her orgasm! What the fish? Then we are told the rest of the tale in a written narrative - as if we cared by then what happened to this tepid tale.

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